cor·​ral | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio) , -ˈrel\

Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pen or enclosure for confining or capturing livestock herded the cattle into the corral
2 : an enclosure made with wagons for defense of an encampment


corralled; corralling

Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 1) corralled the horses
2 : to arrange (wagons) so as to form a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 2)
3 : collect, gather corralling votes for the upcoming election

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Examples of corral in a Sentence

Noun the horses live in our corral, along with a cow Verb corralled everyone in the conference room for a speech by the CEO corralled a scattering of stray pens and quickly stuffed them in the drawer to tidy the desk
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Cooper City/Davie Colts 9U club traveled to the football corral of the Lauderhill Broncos and came away with a 6-0 victory. Emmett Hall,, "Cooper City/Davie Colts squeeze out 6-0 road victory," 3 Oct. 2019 And when burros overpopulate and damage areas of the western United States, they are rounded up and sent to corrals to manage their numbers. Meghan Dunn, CNN, "Inside the country's largest sanctuary for abused and neglected donkeys," 30 Aug. 2019 The city, which has collected $128,250 in permit fees from the scooter companies, will install 13 bike and scooter parking corrals this month. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Why do scooters crash so often? Tiny tires don’t help," 17 Aug. 2019 Turkeys and peacocks roam the grounds, and exotic animals like ostriches, camels, alpacas and llamas are in fenced pastures and corrals. Dina Mishev, Dallas News, "In Cheyenne, the Wild West hasn't been totally tamed," 16 July 2019 Exotic animals like ostriches, camels, alpacas and llamas are in fenced pastures and corrals. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 Outside there’s another riding arena, plus various corrals and pastures. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Baseball’s Wally Joyner Lists Equestrian Estate for $7.9 Million," 10 Aug. 2018 Anticipation rose — and then the ground began rumbling a little before 11 a.m. The herd soon crested the hill and funneled down the valley toward the corrals. Patricia Harris,, "Thundering out of an iconic American past: The Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota’s Custer State Park," 20 Aug. 2019 An Equestrian dream with 3 stall barn with automatic waterers, 3 stall corrals, full size dressage arena with irrigation, lighting, sand and rubber mulch footing. Pomerado News, "Home of the Week - 17059 Rio Maria Rd. Lakeside, CA 92040," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bowman Rhinesmith corralled the punt and tossed it over to Prudente, who raced 52 yards deep into Hingham territory., "“We have a motto, and it’s ‘Big Red Machine,’ ” said Benson. “We don’t care what we’re up against.," 16 Nov. 2019 With little more than three minutes left, Warriors two-way-contract player Ky Bowman corralled an offensive rebound and banked in a 6-foot jumper to put Golden State up 93-92. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors have strong start, but suffer 6th loss in a row," 15 Nov. 2019 Irwin corralled a single defensive rebound, notched one foul and had zeros across the rest of her stat line. Alexa Philippou,, "With UConn women’s ‘core four’ accounting for most of the team’s scoring this season, freshmen Anna Makurat and Aubrey Griffin must contribute more," 11 Nov. 2019 DeRozan corralled the rebound and the Blazers fouled him, sending the All-Star shooting guard to the line to ice the game. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ rally falls short in 113-110 loss to San Antonio Spurs: Game rewind," 28 Oct. 2019 Alexander Nylander corralled the loose puck and made a nifty behind-the-back pass to Caggiula, who was open the right edge of the crease. Matt Carlson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wilson snaps tie with 3rd period goal, Caps edge Blackhawks," 20 Oct. 2019 Dixon corralled the ball, and Monday tackled him for a 1-yard gain. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn’s Smoke Monday to miss 1st half vs. Texas A&M after targeting ejection," 15 Sep. 2019 Center fielder Kevin Pillar corralled Piña’s double in the left center field gap, fired a throw to Crawford who turned and delivered a one-hopper to catcher Buster Posey. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants lose on walk-off double in game loaded with late twists and turns," 13 July 2019 Degenfelder said the meetings usually feature guest speakers, who have included trail volunteers, corral builders, veterinarians and representatives of various organizations. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of advocating for trails," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of corral


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corral

Noun and Verb

Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *currale enclosure for vehicles, from Latin currus cart, from currere to run — more at car

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The first known use of corral was in 1582

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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Corral.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area that is surrounded by a fence and that is used for holding animals (such as cows and horses) on a farm or ranch



English Language Learners Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather and put (cows, horses, etc.) into a corral


cor·​ral | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio) \

Kids Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an enclosure for keeping or capturing animals


corralled; corralling

Kids Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to confine in or as if in an enclosure corral cattle
2 : to gather or get control over corralling votes

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